As the list of confirmed SXSW showcasing artists swells, some of the best internet darlings have already been confirmed. The Swedish duo of vocalist, Malin Dahlström, and guitarist, Gustaf Karlöf, that comprise Niki and the Dove make cinematic, lush electro, with vocals in the spirit of trilling pixie pagan, Kate Bush. Lucky for Austin, we get to see how they pull of their sound live.
Like sultry Danish trip hop pair, Quadron, Niki and the Dove create a sound that’s deceptively bigger than their numbers, at times almost orchestral. Even their debut single, “DJ Ease My Mind”, which was supposed to be a one-off collaboration has huge, doomed romanticism that fills the aural space more than any standard rock outfit ever could. The acoustic and analog percussion elements give ground to a sound that might otherwise be remote and plastic.
The duo also work with lush visual palette drawing from Stevie Nick’s closet, Balearic 80s dream warrior, and the witches of MacBeth. Rather than just wardrobe and image, its a expertly sculpted persona, you actually believe this might be the house band for Nordic sorcerers. Unlike some blogosphere sensations, who make the transition from rough draft to spotlight by the skin of their MacBooks, Niki and the Dove have a fully realized vision that’s strangely close to magical.
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